Sunday, August 31, 2014

Dutch Defence Leningrad Hit and Run Bishop

Move order in Dutch Defence Leningrad variations is very flexible. You can almost blitz your first half dozen moves without even looking at what your opponent is doing unless he invades your side of the board. Ignacio M. Elguezabal sets up a double fianchetto with excellent bishop play in our 1989 USCF Golden Knights Postal Chess Tournament. My opening was good, but my positional handling of the d- and e-files was insufficient. Once we got to the middlegame, I foolishly failed to focus on the center.

Transpositions with the White pieces abound. For example 1.d4, 1.c4, 1.g3 or 1.Nf3 can all reasonably reach the same position if Black is a dedicated Dutch player. Black has less flexibility in the Leningrad. Obviously he has to play 1...f5 before 2...Nf6 and he has to play 3...g6 before 4...Bg7. All four of those moves before 5...0-0, while 6...d6 can be played at any point in the first six moves. Here White delayed c4 until move 9. As our battle ensued, I failed to control the d-file. White's dark squared bishop won with a hit and run: 7.Bb2 (taking aim), 28.Bxd4 (grabbing my knight) and 31.Ba1 (safe retreat).

Elguezabal - Sawyer, corr USCF 1990 begins 1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.0-0 0-0 6.b3 [6.c4 d6 7.Nc3] 6...d6 [6...Ne4=] 7.Bb2 Qe8 8.Nbd2 Nc6 9.c4 e5 10.dxe5 [10.d5=] 10...dxe5 11.e4 f4 12.Qe2 fxg3 13.fxg3 Bg4 [13...Qe7=/+] 14.h3 Bxf3 15.Nxf3 Nh5 16.Kh2 Qe7 17.Rad1 Rad8 18.Rd5 Nf6 19.Rxd8 Rxd8 20.Rd1 Re8?  [20...Rxd1! 21.Qxd1 Qd6=] 21.a3 Nd7 22.b4 b6 23.Qd2 Nf8 [Black loses more slowly with 23...Nd4 24.Nxd4 exd4 25.Bxd4 Bxd4 26.Qxd4+/=] 24.Qd5+ Qe6 25.Ng5 Qxd5 26.exd5 Nd4 27.d6 cxd6? 28.Bxd4 h6 29.Bd5+ Kh8 30.Nf7+ Kh7 31.Ba1 1-0

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